C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Ronnie Hickman to represent OSU at Big Ten media days

Bill Rabinowitz
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will join safety Ronnie Hickman as Ohio State's player representatives at next week's Big Ten media days in Indianapolis.

Quarterback C.J. Stroud, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and safety Ronnie Hickman will represent Ohio State at Big Ten media days next week in Indianapolis.

The Big Ten announced Monday morning the list of players who'll represent their teams. Ohio State coach Ryan Day will have his press conference Wednesday at 12:30. He will be the last of the league's 14 coaches to speak. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh will be the final speaker of Tuesday's session.

All of Ohio State's player representatives are juniors. OSU is the only team without a senior representative. Both Stroud and Smith-Njigba are projected as high first-round NFL draft picks next season.

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Stroud threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns in his first year as a starter last year and is considered a favorite for the Heisman Trophy after being a finalist last year.

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Smith-Njigba is regarded as the top receiver in the country. On a 2021 Buckeyes team that also had 2022 first-round NFL picks Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, Smith-Njigba led the Buckeyes with 95 catches and 1,606 receiving yards. He capped his season with a record-breaking performance in the comeback Rose Bowl win over Utah, catching 15 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

Hickman, nicknamed Rocket, led Ohio State in tackles last year with 100, 36 more than any other Buckeye.

Bill Rabinowitz covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at brabinowitz@dispatch.com or on Twitter @brdispatch.

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